TOKYO — A person figuring out himself because the Ugandan weight lifter who went lacking final week after he left his resort room at a coaching camp in Osaka prefecture in Japan has been discovered by the police in a city about 100 miles away. A press release from the Ugandan authorities stated that the person is the lacking athlete.
The man, recognized as Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, the burden lifter who didn’t make his nation’s Olympic squad and was initially scheduled to fly residence to Uganda on Tuesday, was discovered on the residence of an acquaintance in Yokkaichi City, in Mie prefecture, carrying identification.
Mr. Ssekitoleko was found lacking from his resort room Friday after he failed to seem for a each day coronavirus take a look at in Izumisano. He left a word saying he wished to work in Japan. Police have been trying to find him ever since.
Naoki Fukuyama, an official on the Osaka prefectural police division, stated the police have been consulting with the Ugandan embassy on the place to ship him. The different eight teammates who have been additionally coaching in Izumisano moved to the Olympic Village on Monday.
“Any issues to do with alleged absconding from the duty he had been flown to perform in Japan and related disappearance from the training camp, will be handled appropriately on his return to Uganda,” the statement said.
In Kampala, Okello Oryem, a junior minister in Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, called Mr. Ssekitoleko a “traitor.”
“This behavior and act is treacherous,” Mr. Oryem told reporters after meeting with the Japanese ambassador in Kampala.
According to Mr. Fukuyama, the police had tracked Mr. Ssekitoleko on a surveillance camera taking a bullet train from Osaka to Nagoya, where he met another man and traveled to Gifu in central Japan.
Police officers visited that man’s house, where he told them that Mr. Ssekitoleko had moved to another home in Yokkaichi, where police found him on Tuesday afternoon.
“He may be a hero in his country, but he felt it was difficult to return to the country as he learned he can’t compete in the Games,” Mr. Fukuyama said. “He must have hoped to win and bring the gold medal back to his country. I feel sorry for him. I felt relieved he was found and want to hand him over as soon as possible as many citizens are worrying.”
Last month, a coach and an athlete with the Ugandan Olympic delegation tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in Japan. It was not clear if Mr. Ssekitoleko was one of them.
“He is not a criminal,” Mr. Fukuyama said. “Even though he has violated the Olympic rules, he has no problem doing anything as his visa is valid.”
Musinguzi Blanshe contributed reporting from Kampala, Uganda.